Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 70% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now

J. Edgar 2011

Subtitles

As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life. With a career steeped in scandal and a controversial private life, the legendary director of the FBI retained his post as keeper of the country's secrets (and many of ...

Starring:
Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Hamilton
Runtime:
2 hours, 16 minutes

Available to watch on supported devices.

When renting, you have 30 days to start watching this video, and 48 hours to finish once started.

Rent Movie HD £3.49
Buy Movie HD £5.99

Rent

When renting, you have 30 days to start watching this video, and 48 hours to finish once started.

Rent Movie HD £3.49
Rent Movie SD £2.49

Buy

Buy Movie HD £5.99
Buy Movie SD £5.99
More Purchase Options
By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. Sold by Amazon Video.

Product Details

Genres Drama, Crime
Director Clint Eastwood
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Hamilton
Supporting actors Geoff Pierson, Cheryl Lawson, Kaitlyn Dever, Brady Matthews, Gunner Wright, David A. Cooper, Ed Westwick, Naomi Watts, Kelly Lester, Jack Donner, Judi Dench, Dylan Burns, Jordan Bridges, Jack Axelrod, Jessica Hecht, Josh Stamberg, Michael James Faradie, Christian Clemenson
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
The movie opens in the 1960's. The FBI wants to investigate MLK and the SCLC, but RFK doesn't want to allow it until the FBI has a tape of JFK in a compromising position. The movie flashes back to Hoover's involvement in the Palmer Raids and the deportation of a US citizen, Emma Goldman. It uses the flashback method to show us events in the past that shaped Edgar's way of thinking. He was a stickler for details and liked science, especially that fingerprint thing. We also get a glimpse of his fight with organized crime and becoming a hero in the Lindbergh trial. The movie skirts his cross dressing save for a story told by his mother of another boy. It also touches on his homosexuality, but doesn't focus on it except for one scene (man kiss).

Leonardo DiCaprio played J.Edgar similar to how he played Howard Hughes. The script brings out the complexity of Hoover as both a genius patriot and a blackmailing diabolical man. It shows him as reluctant to spy on reporters for Nixon and someone who disliked Joe McCarthy. An interesting movie for any history buff. It connects to our present era of terrorism and extradition.

one f-bomb, the cs word, no nudity, shadow sex with noises.
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The film was interesting and informative and portrayed the man realistically. Leonardo DiCaprio did the role justice. I've seen it before and decided to buy it as a present for my brother who also enjoyed it. It arrived on time and there were no problems.
Comment 6 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Inkhorn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Throughout an illustrious directing career Clint Eastwood has delivered outstanding movies such as Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby, for which he has won five Academy Awards, for best Picture, Best Director, and including the Irving Thalberg Life Achievement Award. My personal favorite of all his directed movies is Gran Torino.

The actors who have worked with him have been blessed with Oscar: Gene Hackman for Unforgiven, Tim Robbins and Sean Penn for Mystic River, Morgan Freeman and Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby.

When I heard Clint Eastwood was doing a movie about Hoover, I admit I was somewhat excited, although it would be a challenging movie to do.

I wondered would it deal with the relationship with the Kennedys, conspiracy theories, Hoover's alleged homosexuality, and alleged crossdressing, if it would deal with the entire career, if it would dare to show him in all his unpleasantness and darkness.

If Hoover were alive today, I think he would be horrified at this movie. Undoubtedly, no such movie could have been made while he was alive.

J Edgar deals with the entire span of J Edgar's career and makes brave choices in portraying the relationship between he and his No 2, Colson. The screenplay was written by same person who wrote the screen play for Milk.

With Martin Scorsese making his first movie apart from DiCaprio in 12 years Leonardo does an outstanding job in the title role, as does Armie Hammer in the role of Colson. Naomi Watts plays Hoover's long time secretary to whom he proposes early in the movie, and Judi Dench plays his domineering and controlling mother.
Read more ›
6 Comments 52 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
J Edgar Hoover was one of the most obnoxious and influential Americans of the 20th Century. In this film, we see portrait of J Edgar as an ambitious man who was heavily influenced by his domineering, and cruel mother – who once told him she’d rather have a dead son than a daffodil (presumably her way of referring to homosexuals) in the full knowledge he was gay. This film leaves us in no doubt about the kind of person that Hoover was – a self seeking man hungry for power and glory, and a bully who didn’t hesitate to blackmail anyone who stood in his way, including the presidents (and their wives).

Although in some ways this film was superb, mainly because of the acting of a Leonardo Dicaprio and the supporting cast including Naomi Watts as his secretary, Armie Hammer as his lover, and Judi Dench as his mother, there were some things that didn’t work. The direction was messy – Clint Eastwood functions much better on a straight timeline, but in this film he moved from the 1930s to the 1970s and back in a way that seemed disorganised and even incoherent at times. And, as many have pointed out, the make-up artists made a real mess of the ageing process, plastering the make-up so thickly on everyone’s faces that they lost all expression. Despite the negatives, I enjoyed the film and felt it gave a fairly accurate portrait of J Edgar, stripping away any lingering illusions that he might have been a ‘good person’. I think it’s well worth a look, but because of the flaws, I cannot recommend it wholeheartedly.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
incredible acting more than the story, story very gripping all in all extremely enthralling, continues all elements values, emotions of a memorable work, for me personally the most vivid part was the awful shame he felt about his sexuality and odd attachment to his mother enmeshed his own deep personal sadness in this film was very apparent
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Highly informative biography of J.Edgar. Leonardo Di Caprio is outstanding and gives a riveting performance. I personally think that the film underplays J.E's massive achievements and concentrates on his personal life, which is a shame. But well worth a watch.
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews